Alcohol Free Cheese Fondue is one of my favorite family friendly meals. It is delicious and can be made right at the table making it a fun way to connect with family.
Normally Cheese Fondue is made with a dry white wine, like a Chablis. You are definitely welcome to make it that way if you desire (see notes in the recipe).
But, this version tastes fabulous without the alcohol.
I originally made mine with just chicken stock and it was a little flat. All it took was a splash of vinegar mixed in to give it that slight tang you would get from the wine.
Options for Alcohol Free Cheese Fondue
I like the combination of Swiss and cheddar cheeses, but you can go all one or the other. Or use another creamy melting cheese like fontina, Gruyere, or gouda.
Choose a mild, lightly sweet vinegar such as rice vinegar, white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Stay away from distilled white or malt vinegar (too strong) or balsamic or red wine vinegar (could color the cheese).
For a gluten free option: choose a gluten free bread, or go with just vegetables, for a gluten free meal.
For a vegetarian option: swap the chicken stock for vegetable stock .
How to Serve Cheese Fondue
Growing up Mom would make it in an electric skillet at the table and we would just dip our bread or vegetables straight in the skillet.
Since my son is overly sensitive to heat (it's an autism thing), I prepare it in the electric skillet at the table, then scoop the sauce into small bowls for him..
Dairy for Dinner
More delicious dairy dinner ideas:
- Alcohol Free Cheese Fondue by That Recipe
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- Chicken in Lemon Cream by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta by Making Miracles
- Loaded Beer Cheese Potato Soup by Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Pea and Ricotta Carbonara by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
- Scalloped Potatoes by Palatable Pastime
- Southwest Corn and Potato Chowder by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- ½ pound swiss cheese (grated)
- ½ pound cheddar cheese (grated)
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 large garlic clove (cut in half lengthwise)
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock (apple juice or alcohol free dry white wine)
- 1+ tablespoon mild vinegar (rice or apple cider for example)
- 1 loaf French Bread (gluten free if desired) (cut into 1 ½ inch cubes)
- assorted vegetables such as mushrooms broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, etc. cut into bite sized pieces or strips
- Combine both grated cheeses and coat with cornstarch.
- Place an electric skillet in the center of the table and heat to high. Rub with cut sides of the garlic.
- Pour in chicken stock and vinegar. Heat until bubbling but not boiling.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add cheese mixture one handful at a time, stirring constantly. Make sure each addition of cheese is melted before adding more.
- Serve with bread and vegetables. Diners can use fondue forks or bamboo skewers to eat directly from the skillet, or scoop out the cheese into ramekins or small bowls.